Kim Jong Un: war could break out "without any prior notice"

Kim Jong-unNorth Korean leader Kim Jong Un has instructed his military to boost its combat readiness, warning a war could break out “without any prior notice.”

The state-run Korean Central News Agency reported Wednesday that Mr. Kim made the comments during a visit to a combat unit on Tuesday.

The move comes as North Korea’s neighbors watch the communist country for signs of instability, following a shocking purge of senior leadership in Pyongyang.

Mr. Kim’s uncle, Jang Song Thaek, thought to be his mentor and second in command, was executed earlier this month after being accused of trying to overthrow the state.

Tuesday, South Korean President Park Geun-hye made her own trip to a frontline guard post, telling troops Seoul would respond “mercilessly to any provocations.”

Tensions regularly flare up between the two Koreas, which remain in a technical state of war, since the 1953 agreement that ended hostilities between them was only a truce.

But December has been unusual in that Jang’s execution was a rare admission of disunity within the ranks of the secretive North Korean leadership.

Many fear Pyongyang could escalate tensions with the West, possibly by a fourth nuclear test or a long-range missile test, in order to build internal unity.

North Korea conducted nuclear tests in 2006, 2009 and earlier this year. All were in violation of U.N. sanctions and received near universal condemnation. It has also carried out satellite launches that most analysts say are disguised long-range missile tests.

Recent commercial satellite imagery suggest North Korea has restarted a shuttered plutonium reactor and is making preparations at nuclear test and missile launch sites.

VOA

  • looks like an ass, talks like an ass, had a bad day at the buffet and now he wants to start another war.

    • Patience2

      If it looks like an ass and it talks like an ass, then it probably IS an ass. (Remember, according to Freud, sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.)

      • most may agree with Freud except a cigar is more than a cigar as far as monica goes.

        • Patience2

          She should be introduced to Mr. Un Kim. (English order)

          • with a face that not even a mother could love and years of being a spoiled brat like abadaba son of Yosemite sam , this makes for a very dangerous dictator that probably got rejected from at least one gal, executing his uncle was a public stunt to inject and boost his ego and feed his starve for attention, sadly god only knows how many people he abuses when gets into a hissy fit. modern day, nero, vlad Dracula, Caligula, yet north Koreans are made to believe that his family are direct decendants from god.

          • Patience2

            You know, he executed his former girlfriend? Now he leads a ‘nuclear’ nation.

  • looks like an ass, talks like an ass, had a bad day at the buffet and now he wants to start another war.

    • Patience2

      If it looks like an ass and it talks like an ass, then it probably IS an ass. (Remember, according to Freud, sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.)

      • most may agree with Freud except a cigar is more than a cigar as far as monica goes.

        • Patience2

          She should be introduced to Mr. Un Kim. (English order)

          • with a face that not even a mother could love and years of being a spoiled brat like abadaba son of Yosemite sam , this makes for a very dangerous dictator that probably got rejected from at least one gal, executing his uncle was a public stunt to gain his starve for attention, sadly god only knows how many people he abuses when gets into a hissy fit. modern day, nero, vlad Dracula, Caligula, yet north Koreans are made to believe that his family are direct decendants from god.

          • Patience2

            You know, he executed his former girlfriend? Now he leads a ‘nuclear’ nation.

  • bypest

    It’s all empty sabre rattling. The thing to be done with this country is the same as the Soviet Union; just let it die. The source of its death will be the same: crushing military expenditure in the face of civilization. Not that North Korea will cease being a state, just that the Kim dynasty will go or liberalize will there be a death.

    I would sympathize with this nation if there were any basis for it. It’s just an irrational military dictatorship that has managed to, within the last decade, get their guards on the Chinese border fed properly so that they don’t accept bribes in exchange for passage anymore.

  • bypest

    It’s all empty sabre rattling. The thing to be done with this country is the same as the Soviet Union; just let it die. The source of its death will be the same: crushing military expenditure in the face of civilization.

    I would sympathize with this nation if there were any basis for it. It’s just an irrational military dictatorship that has managed to, within the last decade, get their guards on the Chinese border fed properly so that they don’t accept bribes in exchange for passage anymore.

  • Fauzia45

    True,!! Devastating wars that cause suffering and spread hate could break out anytime and anywhere with such ^leaders!!!!!

  • Fauzia45

    True,!! Devastating wars that cause suffering and spread hate could break out anytime and anywhere with such ^leaders!!!!!